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Fire breaks out at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market

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By Kwiyeon Ha

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This fire seems similar to the ones that have occurred at Camden Market in London.

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Hmm. Do I smell arson?

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Well, isn't that convenient.

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So sorry to hear about that fire! Hope no one was hurt. I had lunch at one of the sushi joints at Tsukiji Fish Market three weeks ago when I visited Tokyo. Oishīdesu!

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Hmmmm, so a fire breaks out in a venue that is a center of controversy and competing vested interests. You should ask yourself "cui bono"?

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Kinda nail in the coffin

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Unscrupulous property developers (read yak) are preparing a homeless scaoegoat as we speak.

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Insurance job or Government aided operation to ensure that the market relocates.

No point rebuilding it now.

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"Scapegoat" curse these damn digits

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What coincidence.... now they are forced to move. Hope they make a merciless investigation up to whatever level it goes.

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The fire was in Tsukiji's outer market

Doesnt seem like a major deal to me. The inner market will be open as usual tomorrow no doubt.

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As usual at Japan Today there is no concern for those businesses or the people whose lively depend upon them. Instead you act like it's all some sort of conspricy and that they deserved what happened to them.

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The outer market where the fire is was not scheduled to move to Toyosu anyway so the conspiracy theories certainly don't stack up.

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Arson? In broad daylight with plenty of people around working/shopping/passing by. Could be possible, but there are so far no reports of anyone witnessing any such suspicious activity. I would wager it was more likely caused by old, shoddy electrical wiring, carelessness in a kitchen, or such.

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How sad! Sounds kinda "FISHY" to me! Glad no one got hurt!

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Well isn't that convenient. For the insurance no doubt.

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Instead you act like it's all some sort of conspricy and that they deserved what happened to them.

Speak for yourself. I am concerned about traders who are directly affected by this and possible nefarious actions behind this conflagration.

Anyone who has visited and enjoyed the hustle and bustle (and food) in the market will lament this odd ocurrence. And have nothing but sympathy for the traders affected.

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Smells very fishy to me, insurance job by any chance.........

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On reading the headline my first thought was aye aye saves having to knock it down, now it has to move. On reading it is in the area not scheduled to move that sort of evaporated. Could still be arson for the insurance, or just a sad accident. Time will tell.

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Whenever certain interests can't get old tenants to move to the newly designated areas so they can plow the land... well, you get this. I'm as sure this was no accident as I am sure a homeless man will have been paid money to do it when they find someone responsible.

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Makes sense.

Some Yaks rig bids to get the contract for the new market with one of their construction companies, strong arm the wholesalers to sell the materials below cost, line up the labor, and torch the old one to get the ball rolling. Not a thing to worry about from the incompetent clean cops, or the dirty cops who were in on it.

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hope no one did any illegal act

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In my opinion, saying that the market is vulnerable to earthquakes does not add up. A wooden structure is more elastic.

Nihonbashi has lost so many beautiful pre-war buildings over the years.

Sadly though, when there is a fire at such a place as Tsukiji Fish Market, things are never the same again, although I hope that I am proved wrong.

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Just like at Golden Gai. . .

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@fxgai - You are correct and it is interesting when people get down voted for merely stating a fact. I guess that is the way the world is these days.

I go there to eat every now and then and knowing what it is like within the maze of the ichiba (small charcoal cookers and really shoddy electrical wiring) I am not at all surprised this happened.

Anyway I hope the vendors there are all OK and they can open up again soon.

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It was amazing how many people posted comments that gave the presumption that the actual fish market had damage. It they had read on they would see it was restaurants IN FRONT of the market and not the fish market itself. NO DAMAGE there.

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